Domain Renewal Group Scam
Domain Renewal Group Scam
Yesterday I received a letter in the mail from a company called Domain Renewal Group who have sent me out a Domain Name Expiration Notice for my Free Ways to Make Money Online website. At first I was a little confused as to why I was receiving this invoice style letter off Domain Renewal Group given that I had originally obtained my domain name through NameCheap.com.
Not only were they sending me this expiration notice but they also wanted to charge me AU $45 for 1 year, AU $75 if I signed with them for 2 years or AU $145 to sign for 5 years. Now this is what actually got me investigating the notice further as I usually don't pay more than about $12 for a domain name per year. When I typed in "Domain Renewal Group" in Google it straight away come up with the suggestion "Domain Renewal Group Scam" so I thought I would select it and see what I could find on the company. What I found was several complaints about this company.
The company is currently operating out of 189 Queen St, Suite 209, Melbourne, Australia and when I investigated a little further into it they have actually been banned from trading in Canada.
So how does this work? Basically Domain Renewal Group are trying to grab you from your original domain registrar and get you onto their books but charge ridiculously high fees in some cases 300 or 400% higher than places like GoDaddy and NameCheap.
What to do if you have been caught out by Domain Renewal Group: If you are based in Australia we have an organisation called Scam Watch or you can report it to the ACCC.
How does Domain Renewal Group get your information and send you these notices?
They are doing this by using whois.com and looking up websites owner information which is freely accessible by anyone on the internet unless you pay the extra money to make your domain name information private.
Remember if you get one of these notices in the mail, just throw it away straight away and wait for your original domain registrar to send you an invoice for renewal of your domain name, it is a lot cheaper that way.
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